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Neckpiece #25

A work made of silver, gold, and burmese jadeite.

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  • A work made of silver, gold, and burmese jadeite.

Date:

1974–76

Artist:

Mary Lee Hu
American, born 1943
Manhattan, Kansas, or Madison, Wisconsin

About this artwork

The combination of delicate weaving and bold designs evident in this neckpiece exists in much of Mary Lee Hu’s work. In the 1960s, while a student of metalwork, Hu took a weaving course, which inspired her to use textile techniques (such as threading, knotting, and weaving) in crafting her wire jewelry. This neckpiece, like much of her early work, is characterized by intricate forms with organic curves reminiscent of Art Nouveau. Neckpiece #25 illustrates Hu’s interests in abstraction and nature; the open laciness of the wire serves to accentuate the solidity of the jadeite pieces, while the design itself evokes a graceful bird in flight.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Mary Lee Hu (Maker)

Title

Neckpiece #25

Place

Kansas (Object Possibly made in)

Date

1974–1975

Medium

Silver, gold, and Burmese jadeite

Dimensions

31.8 × 17.1 cm (12 1/2 × 6 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edwin A. Bergman

Reference Number

1988.497

Extended information about this artwork

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